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Well it is time for another Scrapbooking Challenge on the Stampamemory Blog.  This month Sue is offering the prize for the lucky winner of her challenge.  This challenge focuses on what we are grateful for.  For full details of the challenge and how you can enter please be sure to visit the stampamemory blog.  You will also be able to find the links to the other lovely creations by the other design team members.


Here is my contribution to this challenge

The patterned papers used for this layout are from the “Tall Tales Designer Series Paper Pack“.  The colours in this pack are “Chocolate Chip”, So Saffron Old Olive, Brilliant Blue and Rose Red”   There are lots of “fun” images in this pack of patterned paper which would suit layouts and cards for young children.  I love the hot air balloon images in this pack of patterned paper but by far my favourite sheets in the pack are the ‘tree’ images I have used for my layout.  It is sad to think that in less than three weeks this pack of paper will no longer be available.  (If you haven’t got yourself a pack yet- please be sure to get in touch!)

Instead of using Brilliant Blue I have coated the chipboard letters in “Night of Navy” and also used “Night of Navy Cardstock so that it works nicely with the colours in the photo. 

I have used my Circle Scissors plus to create the feature on the bottom right hand corner.  What a neat tool!  You’ve got to get yourself one!  I also used a beautiful filagree designer brad on my page.  It is the first time I have used these beautiful brads and I can’t understand why I haven’t opened the container before now. 


For anyone who may be curious..Here is the journalling….


The journey to fall pregnant with you wasn’t an easy one.   I vividly recall the day I rang Concept to speak with the nurses to find out the blood test results.


I had been anxious all day knowing that I needed to make the call and I was anxious about someone walking in on me.  With sweaty hands and butterflies in my tummy I dialed the number.


I was glad I found a quiet room because the news wasn’t good.  The nurse told me that the cycle had been unsuccessful.  She then went on to explain that they had detected a very small amount of hCG (pregnancy hormone) but the levels weren’t high enough for it to be considered a viable pregnancy.  I was told that despite taking progesterone supplements that my progesterone levels at a mere 8 weren’t high enough to sustain a pregnancy.  The nurse told me to cease all treatment and we could look at doing another IVF cycle in the future.


I hung up the phone and felt completely numb.  It certainly wasn’t the first time I had heard bad news but it was still upsetting to have someone say that the cycle had been unsuccessful.  I got off the phone and rang your Dad in tears to let him know the details.  At first he didn’t understand what I was saying.   He couldn’t get past the fact that they had detected hCG yet they were saying I wasn’t pregnant.  He insisted that I ring Concept back to check if there was something more we could do.  Again they explained that my progesterone levels weren’t high enough to support a pregnancy. I’m sure they just thought I was in denial.    I suggested that I try intramuscular injections of Progesterone.  Due to the expense involved- the nurse didn’t think it was a good idea but I insisted that it was worth a try.    She was clearly convinced that there was no hope but I wasn’t going to give up and I held on to that glimmer of hope.  A few more phone calls were made and the Doctor agreed for me to commence injections. 


The next issue was getting the injections to me.  By a pure stroke of luck Linda was in Perth and was able to collect some Proluton injections for me and bring them home to Kalgoorlie.   I commenced with three injections per day and had another blood test on the Monday.   


The day I was to call for my blood test results just happened to be our Wedding Anniversary. It was certainly a day for celebration as Dad and I were overjoyed to hear that there had been an increase in the pregnancy hormone and also the progesterone level had increased.  It wasn’t all smooth sailing from there but we count this as the day that we found out I was pregnant with you.


Now I look at this photo taken of you and can’t believe all that we went through.     You weren’t quite 4 years old in the photo and when I look at the photo and see your beautiful smiling face and I am overcome with emotion thinking about how differently things would have turned out if I had taken the original advice.  I’m so glad we didn’t give up on you.  I am so grateful for you- my little miracle!


  1. Sue Madex says:

    Wow Miriam – what a gorgeous layout and such powerful journaling.

  2. Susan Wong says:

    What a beautiful LO. I cried when I read your journalling. Thanks for sharing an intimate story with us. What a precious thing for a boy to know how wanted he is.

  3. Nikki Sadler says:

    Miriam what a beautiful heartfelt layout – I can’t even begin to understand how you were feeling at that point in your life but looking at your little lad’s face I really do understand how grateful you are that you went with your gut instinct … thanks for sharing :o)

  4. Paula Dobson says:

    What a moving story Miriam. I suffered loss before joy too, and your story made me cry. How strong is a Mothers instinct?! This is a layout that your son will treasure. Thank you for sharing.

  5. OMG! Miriam what a sensational layout. What a touching story! You’ve given me a clue though. My baby (now 26) was born at 25 1/2 weeks. There’s a sotry there do you think?

    Well done girl. This layout is sensational.

  6. Sally says:

    WOW – that is such a precious boy you have. A real miracle.

    I too had loss before my daughter arrived – not such a hard time as you, but it makes us understand just how much of a miracle all babies are …. it’s just that some people realise it more than others.

    Enjoy every moment of your son’s life. They grow up just too too fast.

    Thanks for sharing you story.


  7. Anne Vesco says:

    Miriam – I love your page and the photo of your lovely boy! I have had alot of friends do the rounds of IVF and it can be so heartbreaking. I am so glad you got your happy ending. I am hoping to get a page done in time on a similar theme. My story is quite opposite though. I found out I was pregnant when I had a 7 month old baby boy. I was so frightened about having 2 babies but now I can’t imagine life without Amelia…I really am grateful for her. Children are such a blessing…

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